After my taste test of three very different Spanish Grenaches, I thought it might be interesting to try a French Grenache– or in this case, a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. I love Syrahs and, after 2/3 of my Spanish Grenaches proved excellent, it was with a high degree of expectation that I plunged the corkscrew into this bottle from Chateau Pesquié – Terrasses Ventoux from 2009.
Though I am only a humble aspiring wine ponce, I can say for sure there are few things more disheartening than a cork that breaks off as you attempt to pull it out. It’s not always the end of the world, but when you recover the reluctant piece and discover a good bit of discoloration of the cork, it tends to raise an eyebrow and crinkle a nose. Gritting my teeth, I poured a glass and smelled the tell-tale signs of what I thought was “corked” wine but may actually have just been oxidized wine. It smelled sour and vinegary. Just to make sure I hadn’t let my visual and aural senses pre-judge things, I tasted. And it was quite vinegary.
So I guess I’ll be finding out what the return policy is at Wine House. I’m hesitant to get another, but I’d hate to blame the vineyard or winery for a faulty cork. I suppose it could happen to any wine at any price. If I’m given no choice but a replacement bottle of the same thing, then I will try again. But if I’m offered a store credit in the same amount, I’d be hard pressed to try the same wine. Is that wrong of me? In the meantime, I can’t give it a fair review.